What is the kitchen "work triangle"
and why is it important?
A: The "work triangle" is the kitchen area from the
refrigerator to the main cooking area, to the main sink. Connect the
three and it should form a triangle (unless you have a 'one-wall' kitchen).
It's important because, at each of the three triangle points, the key
kitchen activities -- food preparation, cooking and clean up -- take
place. The work triangle helps to ensure that your kitchen will be functional.
It keeps cooking activities centered in one area, with all the necessities
close at hand.
Where's the best place to put a microwave?
A: Like most things about your new kitchen, it will depend
on how you and your family use the appliance. Consult with your designer
for the best place to locate it.
What can I do myself to help cut costs?
A: How much you can or should attempt to do depends on your
ability and knowledge of remodeling. You'll definitely be able to tear
out old cabinets (be careful not to damage walls and beams), take up
old vinyl flooring and handle trash removal. You may also want to paint
or wallpaper on your own. You're better off letting the pros handle
plumbing and appliance hook-ups -- if you try it on your own, you may
violate building codes or invalidate manufacturer warranties. And let
a professional installer put your new cabinets in, so that they look
How much will it cost to remodel my kitchen?
A: The price for a new kitchen will be affected by (1) size
of kitchen (2) what features it includes and (3) the cabinets you select,
and whether lighting and flooring need to be re-done
What makes a kitchen more or less expensive?
A: Cabinets account for a large percentage of the cost of the
project and range in price based on quality, the type of material used,
and whether they are stock (ready made in specific sizes) or custom
(produced specifically for your kitchen in whatever sizes are needed).
The material you choose for surfaces including counters, backsplashes
and floors can also account for large or significant variations in price.